Soil Mechanics

Topics: Soil, Weathering, Geotechnical engineering Pages: 108 (30881 words) Published: January 27, 2013
Soil Mechanics: Subsurface Exploration
Course No: G08-001 Credit: 8 PDH

Yun Zhou, PhD, PE

Continuing Education and Development, Inc. 9 Greyridge Farm Court Stony Point, NY 10980 P: (877) 322-5800 F: (877) 322-4774

U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration

Publication No. FHWA NHI-06-088 December 2006

NHI Course No. 132012_______________________________

Reference Manual – Volume I




National Highway Institute

Technical Report Documentation Page
1. Report No. 2. Government Accession No. 3. Recipient’s Catalog No.

4. Title and Subtitle 5. Report Date

December 2006

7. Author(s)

6. Performing Organization Code

8. Performing Organization Report No.

Naresh C. Samtani*, PE, PhD and Edward A. Nowatzki*, PE, PhD 9. Performing Organization Name and Address 10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)

Ryan R. Berg and Associates, Inc. 2190 Leyland Alcove, Woodbury, MN 55125 * NCS GeoResources, LLC 640 W Paseo Rio Grande, Tucson, AZ 85737 12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

11. Contract or Grant No.

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

National Highway Institute U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, Washington, D.C. 20590 15. Supplementary Notes

14. Sponsoring Agency Code

FHWA COTR – Larry Jones FHWA Technical Review –

Jerry A. DiMaggio, PE; Silas Nichols, PE; Richard Cheney, PE; Benjamin Rivers, PE; Justin Henwood, PE. Contractor Technical Review – Ryan R. Berg, PE; Robert C. Bachus, PhD, PE; Barry R. Christopher, PhD, PE This manual is an update of the 3rd Edition prepared by Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc, in 2000. Author: Richard Cheney, PE. The authors of the 1st and 2nd editions prepared by the FHWA in 1982 and 1993, respectively, were Richard Cheney, PE and Ronald Chassie, PE. 16. Abstract

The Reference Manual for Soils and Foundations course is intended for design and construction professionals involved with the selection, design and construction of geotechnical features for surface transportation facilities. The manual is geared towards practitioners who routinely deal with soils and foundations issues but who may have little theoretical background in soil mechanics or foundation engineering. The manual’s content follows a project-oriented approach where the geotechnical aspects of a project are traced from preparation of the boring request through design computation of settlement, allowable footing pressure, etc., to the construction of approach embankments and foundations. Appendix A includes an example bridge project where such an approach is demonstrated. Recommendations are presented on how to layout borings efficiently, how to minimize approach embankment settlement, how to design the most cost-effective pier and abutment foundations, and how to transmit design information properly through plans, specifications, and/or contact with the project engineer so that the project can be constructed efficiently. The objective of this manual is to present recommended methods for the safe, cost-effective design and construction of geotechnical features. Coordination between geotechnical specialists and project team members at all phases of a project is stressed. Readers are encouraged to develop an appreciation of geotechnical activities in all project phases that influence or are influenced by their work. 17. Key Words 18. Distribution Statement

Subsurface exploration, testing, slope stability, embankments, cut slopes, shallow foundations, driven piles, drilled shafts, earth retaining structures, construction. 19. Security Classif. (of this report) 20. Security Classif. (of this page)

No restrictions.
21. No. of Pages 22. Price

Form DOT F 1700.7(8-72)

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